creative mentoring

This autumn, The Mighty Creatives is excited to announce the launch of the regional Creative Mentoring service for children and young people in and leaving care. One to one mentoring provided by our team of specialist Creative Mentors supports:

  • personal development through creativity;
  • vocational learning through arts participation activities;
  • accreditation through bespoke training packages.

The tried and tested Creative Mentoring model (pioneered by Derbyshire Virtual School) has been developed for children and young people in the care system who are at greatest risk of not being in education, employment or training.

Funded by Children in Need and Arts Council England our target is to work with over 120 participants aged 4-19 in 2020-2021 who will participate in an interactive workshop programme which will provide over 30 hours of personal development, mentoring and skills based provision focused on developing creativity, confidence and improving communication and relationship building.

With improved skills in creative production, participants are supported to re-engage in formal education (4-16) and explore enterprise activity or routes to further employment, education or training (16-19).

As a partnership we co-design the project with young people to ensure they exert a decisive influence on the direction of the work and so gain control to over their own futures.

Support from Swire Charitable Trust, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The Hedley Foundation in 2020-2021 will help the charity to increase the number of hours support, reach more children and young people in need and grow the offer across the region.

how it works

A Creative Mentor works in the ‘Third Space’. This is a person-centred, informal, and reflective ‘space’ where creative practitioners build trusted relationships using creative practice to refocus efforts away from negative preconceptions of education. This helps to identify what it is a young person needs to help them become ‘unstuck’.

Creative activity is introduced as a practical way to:

  • explore feelings about themselves and the world around them
  • learn new skills
  • communicate
  • address social and emotional issues
  • find a sense of purpose and agency.

Creative Mentoring activity takes place at home, school, and community settings in 2-hour sessions, once a week over varying lengths of time, averaging 3-9 months.

attend our free online briefings

Our briefings are free and open to:

  • All leads from Local Authorities
  • Schools
  • Virtual schools and social care partners working with Children in and Leaving Care across the East Midlands

book now

Dates and times

Find out more by booking on to one of the following briefing dates:

If you’re unable to attend our online briefings, but are interested in finding out more information on the Creative Mentoring Service and how to get involved, please contact Bec Rose to express your interest in the 2020-2021 support service by emailing: